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Optum Announces Leadership Transition

Release Date: 7/15/2013

July 15, 2013

Debra Hammer, Optum


Optum Announces Leadership Transition

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) - Optum today announced the retirement of Harry Magnes, M.D., from his role as President. Magnes has served in that role since Optum’ creation in 2007 and will continue working with Optum in an advisory role.

“We are grateful to Dr. Magnes for his leadership and years of service to Optum,” said Dr. Robert Margolis, CEO of parent company HealthCare Partners LLC. “He helped create a practice focused on treating patients in a warm, caring manner and achieved extraordinary clinical outcomes at the same time.”

Following its merger with HealthCare Partners, Optum is poised to begin a new chapter of growth and innovation, building upon the foundation Dr. Magnes established.

“I am proud of the legacy we established in creating an independent physician practice focused on the needs and well-being of our patients,” said Magnes. “I look forward to working with the leadership team as the next chapter of Optum unfolds.”

Misha Palecek will serve as Optum president.  Palecek previously served as the president of Optum HealthCare Partner’s Paladina Health division, an employer-sponsored medical services provider. Prior to Paladina, he managed 120 chronic dialysis facilities for Optum.

“Our patients and teammates remain our top priorities. We are committed to building upon Optum’ accomplishments, maintaining our focus on clinical excellence and providing New Mexico residents with quality health care,” said Palecek.


About Optum

Optum is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque, NM. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by more than 40 medical and surgical specialties with 19 locations throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Optum recently merged with Optum HealthCare Partners LLC, a nationally recognized leader for its pioneering work in coordinated care. For more information about Optum, please visit

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